Cambridge Design Partnership Develops Uterine Balloon Tamponade
Cambridge Design Partnership is seeking funding for its Uterine Balloon Tamponade designed to help medical professionals treat life threatening postpartum hemorrhage specifically in developing countries, the UK devicemaker announced Tuesday.
Current UBTs cost as much as $200 and have to be inserted by trained clinicians, which limit their use in developing countries. This has led to an improvised alternative, consisting of a condom tied to a urinary catheter, a “condom catheter,” being used in such areas. Though this makeshift device is cheaper, it needs careful assembly, training and skill to be implanted successfully, the company says.
Cambridge’s UBT is meant to bridge the gap between commercial and condom catheters, allowing for patient safety when administered by minimally trained birth assistants, as well as being more cost-effective and requiring fewer medical professionals and less equipment.
The devicemaker is seeking partners and funding to continue the UBT’s development process.
PPH is the leading cause of perinatal maternal death worldwide. — Jason Scott